The name Asher is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "fortunate, blessed, happy one". In the Bible, Asher was one of Jacob's twelve sons who gave their names to the tribes of Israel. Asher is derived from the Hebrew word osher, which means “happiness.” Rabbinical scholars claim that the Asherites lived up to this meaning, as they had the most oil, wisdom, and male children compared to the other tribes. Asher—an excellent, soft and sensitive Old Testament choice—is a baby boy name on the rise, and is an Emma biblical favorite. Asher's ascent is especially amazing given that it took a hundred-year hiatus from the Top 1000, from the 1890s until reappearing in the 1990s. Asher has been in the US Top 100 for several years now. Asher has been chosen for their sons by TV newswoman Campbell Brown and actress Embeth Davidtz. Its image was somewhat rejuvenated by an appearance as a character on Gossip Girl, and the rapper Asher Roth. The novel My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok is the story of a New York Hasidic Jewish boy with artistic aspirations. Oh—and another plus for Asher: the handsome diminutive Ash.